Donaghcloney 1st XI and 2nd XI were both playing Laurelvale on Saturday. The firsts traveled to Laurelvale with hopes of beating local rivals and keep any hopes of promotion alive. The forecast for the day was mixed but with the fine weathr of the previous 2 weeks the pitch at Laurelvale looked hard and fast. read more…
On Friday night Donaghcloney Under 11’s earned their way into the final of the Quoile Cup by beating Dundrum. In a game that they won convincingly Donaghcloney batted first and scored 110. Matthew Daly and Cameron Long were the backbone of the innings with 37 and 26 respectfully.
Dundrum then failed to get going with some excellent bowling and fielding. Wickets were shared between Matthew Daly, Joshua Cunningham, Sam Cunningham and Ben Wilson who all claimed 2 scalps. 2 run outs capped off a great team performance. Details of the final will be posted when it is finalized.
Donaghcloney took on local rivals Waringstown in a top of the table clash on Saturday 19th July at the Factory Ground. Richard Lyttle won the toss and decided with a long batting line up to have a bat on a very good pitch. However he was dismissed in the 3rd over for only 2 runs to his name. Shane Warren and Alan Harland then saw off the open bowlers with Shane playing some very fluent shots to keep the run rate moving. However when Shane (27) and Alan (4) where dismissed in the same over with the score on 45 it brought two new batsmen of Matthew Lyttle and Gareth Copeland to the crease. Matthew soon had his eye in and dispatched Keith Morrison first 2 overs for 20. This forced Waringstown to spread the field that played right into Donaghcloney hands. The two experienced batters now picked up easy singles and twos in a match winning stand of 117. Gareth Copeland was then caught in the 30th over for 45 and Matthew Lyttle followed soon after for an excellent 74. This brought about a flurry of wickets to fall from Robert Lyttle, Johnny Dowd’s, Johnny Stevenson and Timmy McClure to leave Donaghcloney in a position of not batting the full 40 overs. However Donaghcloney 2XI top run scorer Stephen was still occupying the crease and hit a quick fire 45 off 21 balls to allow Donaghcloney to pass 200 comfortably. A few late blows from William Fisher (14*) meant Donaghcloney finished with an above par score of 249 in 40 overs. Waringstown then got off to a steady but slow start in response thanks to tight bowling from Matthew Lyttle (0-12-5overs) and Jonny Stevenson (0-14-6overs). read more…
As usual Donaghcloney cricket club will be hosting a summer coaching scheme for kids throughout JULY and AUGUST. the details are as follows:
MONDAY and WEDNESDAY 10am-12.30pm is for P2-P7
MONDAY and WEDNESDAY 2.30pm-4.30pm is for Under 13 and Under 15
Tuesday and Thursday evening children’s coaching will run as usual
THE COST IS £2 for 1st child in family and then £1 thereafter per session
Kids should bring a drink and light snack along with a coat should it rain.
**** please note girls are more than welcome to join for practice sessions.
Donaghcloney traveled to Shaw’s Bridge to play Cooke Collegians in their second meeting in the league this year. Skipper Keith Martin lost the toss as per usual and Cooke elected to bat on what was a great looking track. Cooke were soon in bother. Steven Lecky opened the bowling and with a bit of extra bounce in the track had Cooke on the back foot from the off. He was well backed up by Jonny Stevenson who has found some real form with the ball over the last few weeks. With Lecky’s pace and Stevenson’s swing the home team found it very difficult to score runs. The first breakthrough came in the 7th over when Lecky had J Stinson caught in the 2nd slip by Mansing. Then the next ball L Willmott was caught behind By Keith martin and the home side were 2 down. Not to be outdone Stevenson claimed 2 scalps in the following over, that of opener F Cuttle who lost his leg stump playing around a straight one and then the danger man R Johnson who was caught and bowled without scoring. Cooke were 14 for 4 after 8 overs. Wickets fell steadily and Cooke put up little resistance except with 20 from S Shulka and a flashy 30 from A Brown at the tail of the innings. Wickets were shared between Charlie McCrum, Matthew Lyttle and D Marshall who all had one apiece while S Hanna had 2 victims and Lecky ended up with 3 for 27 in what was an impressive spell of aggressive quick bowling. Cooke finished on a credible 111 when it looked like they would struggle to get into 3 figures. read more…